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NASA is looking for volunteers for a year-long mission to simulate life on Mars

NASA has a great offer for fans of extreme conditions. The space agency on Friday announced a call for volunteers for the second year-long Mars simulation mission called Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA 2). During the mission, which is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2025, four selected participants will live in a 3D-printed living module measuring 170 square meters. in Houston. NASA is accepting applications on the CHAPEA website until April 2. Participation is paid, but the exact amounts are not disclosed.

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The Mars Dune Alpha habitation module at the Johnson Space Center is designed to simulate life for future Martian colonists, where the environment is hostile and resources are limited. The crew of the first CHAPEA mission, which has already completed more than half of its 378 days, now lives and works there. During their stay, volunteers will be involved in station maintenance, plant growing and other tasks. A large-scale “sandbox” is also attached to the module to simulate spacewalks.

 

Unfortunately, to apply , you must be a U.S. citizen, 30-55 years of age, fluent in English, a master’s degree in a science field, a minimum of 1,000 hours of aircraft piloting experience, or two years of doctoral work. If they have certain professional experience, applicants without a master’s degree are allowed to be selected. CHAPEA 2 is the second of three planned missions for the program, the first launched on June 25, 2023.

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